With an average daytime temperature of 72 degrees, San Diego, the second largest city in California, offers an enjoyable stay for everyone. Whether it’s a vibrant downtown location you seek or beautiful scenery and open waters, San Diego delivers. San Diego is California cool and urban chic. Attending ACG 2013 means you can avoid the shuttle bus, taxi or rental car to get around. There is so much to do and see in San Diego, all within walking distance from the Convention Center and meeting hotels.
Ask someone what first comes to mind when you say San Diego and they may say the Zoo. The San Diego Zoo, considered one of the finest in the country if not the world, is situated on over 100 acres and is home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals and boasts a collection of more than 700,000 exotic plants. The San Diego Zoo is a must-see for any visitor.
Another must-see is Balboa Park. The largest urban cultural park in the nation, it is home to 15 museums including the Japanese Friendship Garden, Marston House, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Zoo and more. The landscape is breathtaking. Arrive early or stay late for ACG 2013 to take a day or more to explore the many museums and beautiful grounds.
Go Navy! San Diego is home base to thousands serving in the U.S. Navy so it was only fitting that San Diego become the homeport for the USS Midway Museum. The USS Midway was the longest serving carrier from WWII to Desert Storm. Commissioned in 1945, it now serves as an interactive museum. Put on your walking shoes and take the short trek to explore the Midway and talk with veterans who served on the ship.
Know what else is great about San Diego? Its airport. Only three miles from downtown, you’ll be at your hotel within minutes and then just steps from more than 100 restaurants. Take a table outside, enjoy the city’s beautiful weather, and people watch.
The Gaslamp Quarter, immediately across from the Convention Center and just steps from many of the meeting hotels, offers a wide array of specialty boutiques and restaurants. If you want to explore the city by car, travel across the bay for a visit to the Hotel del Coronado. A National Historic Landmark, the Del, as locals call it, is a must-see for anyone visiting the San Diego area. The Del served as the backdrop for many Hollywood movies including the 1950s comedy, “Some Like it Hot,” with legendary stars Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. The Del has served as host to many other Hollywood stars and legend has it that a certain ghost by the name of Kate Morgan haunts the hotel.
Tour companies in San Diego give you the opportunity to explore the city and all it has to offer by bus, boat, balloon or plane. To learn more about what there is to do and see in San Diego, visit the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website at SanDiego.org.
We look forward to seeing you in San Diego for ACG 2013!
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